Coronavirus: Hundreds of positive Covid-19 tests added

Coronavirus: Hundreds of positive Covid-19 tests added

Hundreds of cases of coronavirus have now been added to official Public Health Wales (PHW) figures. Results from more than 70,000 tests from non-NHS laboratories have been displayed separately from the headline statistics published daily up until now. But these are now being added, showing 1,049 cases. PHW said it had been "working for some time to present as complete a picture as possible" of Covid-19 data. The latest figures show 20 new cases - seven processed by PHW laboratories and 13 from commercial, non-NHS labs. • How do I book a coronavirus test in Wales? PHW admitted that integrating the new data alongside its own reporting system had been complex. But it said it had made "good progress" and from Saturday had been able to introduce additional reporting into its daily information. "As a result we are reporting increases today in our total case numbers and to our daily total of new cases," said a spokesman. "This is to be expected when we include results from increased testing capacity, with more people encouraged to get tested. The data have been previously displayed separately on our dashboard." It said it was likely to be overestimating individual cases at this stage and work was "ongoing to remove duplicate entries as quickly as we can". All four UK nations have used commercial testing to boost capacity. Home kits and tests performed in some test centres in Wales are processed in a network of diagnostic Lighthouse Labs in England, while those performed in hospitals and other test centres ...
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